The Society of Physics Students (SPS) hosted a trivia night coupled with a poster
presentation in the UC River Room last month that far surpassed their expectations.
The event served to: 1) recruit new physics majors, 2) attract new graduate students
to the program, 3) a poster presentation to make known the research being conducted
in the department of physics, and 4) social event for current SPS members. It was
the first event of its kind out of the department of physics and the results were
a huge success. The 78 attendees included Memphis SPS members, SPS members from both
Rhodes College and Christian Brothers University (CBU), current students in introductory
physics courses, physics graduate students, and physics faculty.
On the night of the event, students arrived at the University Center River Room to
find informational materials about the physics major, SPS, Sigma Pi Sigma (the Physics
Honor Society), and departmental research. The trivia game emceed by Dr. Robert Marchini
included questions of General Knowledge, Science, and Memphis Trivia. During the half
time the students presented a poster session to show the research they had been doing
in the Physics department, as well as tables with physics demonstrations so attendees
could experience the fundamental concepts of physics firsthand in a fun and interactive
Professor Marchini explains, “Since this event was the first of its kind for our department,
it was quite a large undertaking for the SPS club and its officers. Everyone who attended
had a fantastic time, and the department is very much looking forward to hosting it
again next year, with even better results.”
The Physics Trivia Night was funded by a MemphiSTEM Mini-Grant, with additional support
from the Physics Department and Student Activities Allocation funds. Congratulations
to the students and faculty who made it all happen: SPS faculty advisor Dr. Elizabeth
Gire , Charissa Shiver,
Krystal Kirby , Justin Robbins, Catherine Boatwright, Timothy
Hooker, Hunter Gore, Jack Dodson and Michael Caprio.
Everyone involved should be commended for this achievement, combining their love of
learning with an event that advances the University recruitment efforts, enlightens
the community and provides a fun evening, too.